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February is here so that means Spring is right around the corner, yay!! So it is definitely time for a celebration work break – but before you head outside or wherever you might head, check out this 50-centimeter WorldView-2 image of the Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Naadam can trace its roots back to public sporting events where Mongol warriors were chosen from the top competitors in archery, horse racing and wrestling. During the 1920s, the Naadam Festival became a national holiday which celebrated Mongolian independence from China. Today, the three-day event is held from July 11th to the 13th at the National Sports Stadium in Ulaanbaatar; and was formally recognized by UNESCO for its cultural significance. While this WorldView-2 image was collected on July 14, 2018 which is a day after the event ended, you can still see much of the infrastructure from the event on the stadium grounds. Anyone up for a mid-summer trip to Mongolia next year?!
Have a great rest of your workday!